Onboard assessments are a cornerstone of the new evaluation system for license upgrades but today, years after the system was created, confusion still surrounds the actual signing of assessments.
Safe Voyages tells us:
Instructors, trainers, examiners and assessors come in multitudes of forms and structure. Captains mentor and train mates. Mates observe captains. Captains and mates train and instruct seamen. Senior mates counsel and instruct newer officers or deck crews. Office personnel (e.g., Port Captains) join vessels at sea to train and assess personnel for regulatory and operational safety. Independent firms specializing in maritime training offer seminars to companies and individuals. The Coast Guard relies on all of this training and assessment in its evaluation of applicants. The system has proven effective, but not without subjectivity, idiosyncrasy and potential for error.
With the recent conviction of the Cosco Busan’s pilot gCaptain has received a few requests to explore the legal implecations to our training system. Not being laywers ourselfs I ask that you download and read (link) the latest Safe Voyages article titled "Liability Exposure of Maritime Trainers and Assessors (found on Page 7) then answer the following poll:
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